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PRICE: 50p at my nearest £1 shop, and 87p at my local village grocers (for 125g = 8 fingers)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per finger):
Wheat flour, butter (28%), sugar, cornflour, salt
Contains wheat, gluten, milk
May contain traces of nuts
Suitable for vegetarians
For me, one of my most preferred comfort foods is shortbread. I'm not a biscuit lover, but there's something about the richness of shortbread which gets inside of my stomach, then my mind, and creates a healthy state of emotional well-being.
Of course home-made is my ultimate preference, but being as I have neither the time or inclination to get stuck in with mixing bowls, I was delighted the other day to find some packs of shortbread priced at a mere 50p in a Pound Shop. I stocked up on a few, with the intention of keeping keep the comfort wolf satisfied for a while. I'd never tried Royal Edinburgh Shortbread before, and hoped that I wouldn't be disappointed, but at such a cheap price, I wasn't expecting anything too luxurious.
Royal Edinburgh Shortbread comes in a largely red-coloured wrapper and is manufactured by Burton's Foods. There is an image of what I think is Eilean Donan castle on the front (apologies to any Scots people out there if I've got that wrong), and an overlay of tartan fabric spreading across the pack. The rear shows nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy/dietary advice, storage instructions and Burton's quality claim together with their contact details. (Incidentally, I find it odd that something as delicious as shortbread should need to have storage instructions - as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't last long enough to get stored anywhere other than down my throat and in my stomach).
There are 8 fingers in the 125g pack, which are quite pale in colour. Each finger is approximately 3" long, and I'd guess a little under half an inch thick. Differently to a few other brands of shortbread, there is no light caster sugar dusting on the tops of the fingers. On opening the pack, a slight buttery, biscuity smell emanates which is rather pleasing.
I took a small bite from the first shortbread finger, and had to tug with my teeth a little. The consistency was on the hard and somewhat dry side - and the crumble factor was very low. I had to chomp quite energetically and found that my jaws quickly got tired, having to chew much harder than I prefer to when eating shortbread.
The taste was good though - rich and buttery, plus not overly sweet.
Despite the consistency being much harder than I personally like and finding the chewing process a chore, the taste was good enough for me to continue eating, and before I knew it, the whole 8 fingers had vanished down my throat.
Because this brand of shortbread is dryer than what I prefer, I found I needed a long drink (of a non-alcoholic nature) afterwards, and what I'd eaten was laying rather heavily on my stomach.
The calorie content of each shortbread finger is reasonably kind for this type of biscuit, but 3.3g of fat in each, is scarily high - but, that's to be expected of a product where just over a quarter of the content is butter. Another piece of good news, is that the product has no artificial colourings or flavourings.
My final verdict is that I would eat Burton's Royal Edinburgh Shortbread again, but only at a price of 50p from the Pound Shop - I wouldn't consider paying any more for it. Though the product overall is pleasant and has a reasonably authentic taste, the shortbread is rather too hard and chewy for my liking. I now view it as being good for emergencies, but when I want to indulge my epicurean sense of aestheticism, I shall opt for a different brand which I know I like. I think regarding shortbread, it's a case of paying more buys quality.
Nothing special, but not horribly inedible either. Adequate, but by no means a treat.
Thanks for reading!